"I am all women, I am every woman. Wherever women are suffering, I am there. Wherever women are struggling, I am there. Wherever women are fighting for their liberation I am there."
~ CWLU founding conference
B A C K G R O U N D
March 8, 1857 - women textile workers in New York were fired on by the army while demonstrating for a shorter work week.
August 1907 - the idea of an annual demonstration in support of working women and women's rights was first proposed by Clara Zetkin at a caucus of socialist women prior to the Second International annual meeting in Germany.
March 8, 1908 - women workers in the needle trades marched through New York City's Lower East Side to protest child labor, sweatshop working conditions, and demand votes for women.
1910 - proposal by Clara Zetkin, at the International Socialist Congress in Copenhagen, designating March 8 be observed annually as International Women's Day, in recognition of the 1908 demonstration by New York needle trades workers.
March 19, 1911 - Alexandra Kollontai helps organize the first International Women's Day in Germany. Meetings and demonstrations were also held in several other European countries. The date was chosen to commemorate the 1848 promise (not kept) by the Prussian king to introduce votes for women.
March 8, 1917 (Feb. 23 on the Julian calendar) - Russian women marched in Petrograd to demand bread and peace. With the half a million Russian workers already on strike, the demonstration by the women forced the resignation of Czar Nicholas II and ignited the February Revolution.
1922 - At Clara Zetkin's urging, Lenin established International Women's Day as a holiday.
March 8, 1968 - Chicago women revived the celebration of International Women's Day in the USA.
1975 - March 8 was recognized as International Women's Day by the United Nations.
Source: Labor Studies and Radical History
WomenAid Timeline of events
InfoShop on Anarcha-Feminism
Lucy Parsons Project
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